Expo will showcase state’s products, services

Business NH Magazine and Millyard Communications will host the Made in NH – Try It & Buy It Expo at the Manchester Radisson Hotel from April 13-April 15.

The Expo is dedicated to showcasing the variety of quality products and services made in New Hampshire.

“The majority of the people who attend are regular customers,” said Heidi J. Copeland, president of Millyard Communications. “But on Friday, we do invite about 1,200 buyers and wholesale distributors from gift shops all over New Hampshire and also places like Walmart and Hannaford, who will actually feature local products.”

Copeland stressed two points: that every product or service is New Hampshire based or manufactured; and that Expo attendees are encouraged to “Try it and Buy it.”

“Most of the people that manufacture food or beverage items will be giving away samples all weekend long,” she said. “Whether it’s maple syrup or salsa or gourmet marshmallows or gourmet popcorn. Part of our mission at Millyard is to celebrate and elevate businesses in New Hampshire, so we look at this as helping micro businesses find new markets with direct to the consumer or through the wholesaler approaches,” Copeland said.

Celebrating its 17 year, Copeland said that the Expo attracts members the public who are looking for something different to do in Manchester.

“Definitely,” she said. “Most of the people are there just to experience and check out the products. Forty percent of the exhibitors are new, as a lot of companies outgrow the show at some point.”

She added that most people want to buy locally made products and want to support local entrepreneurs.

“We get 20,000 people over the course of three days from all over New Hampshrie. Ninety-nine percent are just people wanting to support New Hampshire and New Hampshire-made products.”

Armed with ample supplies, wholesalers and distributors will have plenty of products for attendees to try and buy over the three days.

“This expo has always been a great success,” said Copeland. “And attendees should be prepared to walk out with huge bags of New Hampshire-made products.”

The Expo will take place at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester from 1-8 p.m. Friday, April 13; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, April 14; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $3 for children and are available at the door.